A year earlier, in September 2016, Rahimi transported two improvised pressure-cooker bombs - similar to those used in the Boston marathon bombing in April 2013 - from New Jersey to NY, placing both in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, authorities said.
M - A New Jersey man allegedly inspired by ISIS and al Qaeda to plant bombs in New York City and New Jersey was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday - after complaining that he was being discriminated against for being Muslim, NBC News reported. The bomb left along the Seaside Park boardwalk was a pipe bomb stuffed in a trash can; the NY bombs were "pressure cooker" style devices.
The day after the Chelsea explosion, Rahimi returned to New Jersey and left a backpack containing six pipe bombs in an Elizabeth, N.J., train station.
A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate.
Ahmad Rahimi, an Afghan-born USA citizen convicted of planting bombs in NY and New Jersey.
The third bomb was found four blocks north at 27th Street.
Judge Berman said Tuesday that Rahimi's defense provided "not an ounce of justification".
"But through life experience, I have learned to understand why there's such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people", he added.
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Wearing blue prison smock and white cap Tuesday, Rahimi refuted these claims, telling the court that the fellow inmate was already "radicalized by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents when he was on the outside".
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley argued that everything Rahimi has done since 2016 "has been fueled by hate", and "he has shown no remorse".
Rahimi was also ordered to pay $563,000 to victims.
"Rahimi's conviction and sentencing are victories for New York City and our nation in the fight against terror".
Ahmad Rahimi reads a statement to the judge during his sentencing hearing in NY on Tuesday.
He was convicted in October on all eight counts brought against him, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place.